Re: pinyin syllable `rua'

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Fri Mar 14 2003 - 11:46:29 EST

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    On Fri, 14 Mar 2003 08:43:19 -0800 (PST), Werner LEMBERG wrote:

    > Some lists of pinyin syllables contain `rua', but I actually can't
    > find any Chinese character with this name.
    > Does it exist at all? Or is it just there for completeness of pinyin?

    This is not really a Unicode question, and there are probably other forums which
    are more qualified to pontificate on the idiosyncrasies of Chinese
    pronunciation. But, for what its worth, ...

    There are no characters in the Unihan database that are given a Mandarin pinyin
    reading of "rua". However, as has previously been pointed out on this list, the
    Mandarin readings given in the Unihan database are somewhat erratic, and should
    not be relied on as a definitive authority.

    According to one pinyin chart on the internet
    ( "rua" is an
    "oral or dialectal syllable", and as such probably does not represent a standard
    Mandarin pronunciation. The only character that I can find that has a reading of
    "rua" is U+633C (which is given readings of NUO4 and RUO2 in the Unihan
    database). See for example the list of pinyin readings for GBK characters given
    at which gives "rua" as one of
    four readings for U+633C (luo, rua, ruo, sui). No other character in this list
    is given a reading of "rua".


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